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irrigate

[ir-i-geyt] /ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), irrigated, irrigating.
1.
to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
2.
Medicine/Medical. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
3.
to moisten; wet.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin irrigātus, past participle of irrigāre to wet, flood, nourish with water, equivalent to ir- ir-1 + rigā- (stem of rigāre to provide with water, soak) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
irrigator, noun
nonirrigated, adjective
nonirrigating, adjective
overirrigate, verb (used with object), overirrigated, overirrigating.
reirrigate, verb (used with object), reirrigated, reirrigating.
unirrigated, adjective
well-irrigated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wellirrigated

irrigate

/ˈɪrɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
2.
(med) to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound
3.
(transitive) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering
Derived Forms
irrigable, adjective
irrigation, noun
irrigational, irrigative, adjective
irrigator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin irrigāre, from rigāre to moisten, conduct water
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Word Origin and History for wellirrigated
irrigate
1623, from L. irrigatus, pp. of irrigare "lead water to, refresh," from in- "in" + rigare "to water, to moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with O.E. regn "rain."
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wellirrigated in Medicine

irrigate ir·ri·gate (ĭr'ĭ-gāt')
v. ir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·ing, ir·ri·gates
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.

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